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Kristen Rhodin, MD

House Staff
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: 
Duke University School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests



  • Thoracic surgery
  • Surgical oncology


  • Tumor immunology and immunotherapy
  • Impact of surgery on the immune system
  • Health disparities in surgery

What were you looking for in a residency program?

I was looking for a program with a strong track record of training well-rounded academic surgeons.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

Duke is an academic triple threat, with balanced focus on clinical excellence, scientific innovation, and education. Further, the community of residents and attendings is next to none.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Invest in your patients and the process, view every day as an opportunity to learn, and never be afraid to ask for help.

What do you like best about living in Durham and the Triangle?

Durham and the Triangle are affordable, easy places to live, with a thriving food and cultural scene.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

Run, golf, explore the Triangle with friends, travel

Honors and Awards

  • Appleseed Teaching Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • William G. Anlyan Senior Merit Scholarship
  • Albert Schweitzer Fellow
  • Fullerton Medical Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa


Rhodin, Kristen E., Cierra S. Hong, Lindsey A. Olivere, Elizabeth P. Howell, Vinay K. Giri, Kurren A. Mehta, Taofik Oyekunle, et al. “Implementation of a Surgical Oncology Disparities Curriculum for Preclinical Medical Students.” J Surg Res 253 (September 2020): 214–23.

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Raman, Vignesh, Oliver K. Jawitz, Soraya L. Voigt, Kristen E. Rhodin, Anthony W. Kim, Betty C. Tong, Thomas A. D’Amico, and David H. Harpole. “Patterns of Care in Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy for Node Positive Esophageal Adenocarcinoma.” The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, July 2, 2020.

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Rhodin, Kristen E., Vignesh Raman, Oliver K. Jawitz, Betty C. Tong, David H. Harpole, and Thomas A. D’Amico. “The Effect of Timing of Adjuvant Therapy on Survival After Esophagectomy.” Ann Thorac Surg, April 21, 2020.

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Rhodin, Kristen E., A Justin Rucker, Neal E. Ready, Thomas A. D’Amico, and Scott J. Antonia. “The immunotherapeutic landscape in non-small cell lung cancer and its surgical horizons.” J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 159, no. 4 (April 2020): 1616–23.

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Woroniecka, Karolina I., Kristen E. Rhodin, Cosette Dechant, Xiuyu Cui, Pakawat Chongsathidkiet, Daniel Wilkinson, Jessica Waibl-Polania, Luis Sanchez-Perez, and Peter E. Fecci. “4-1BB Agonism Averts TIL Exhaustion and Licenses PD-1 Blockade in Glioblastoma and Other Intracranial Cancers.” Clin Cancer Res 26, no. 6 (March 15, 2020): 1349–58.

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Kemeny, Hanna R., Aladine A. Elsamadicy, S Harrison Farber, Cosette D. Champion, Selena J. Lorrey, Pakawat Chongsathidkiet, Karolina I. Woroniecka, et al. “Targeting PD-L1 Initiates Effective Antitumor Immunity in a Murine Model of Cushing Disease.” Clin Cancer Res 26, no. 5 (March 1, 2020): 1141–51.

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Gilmore, Brian, Mohamed A. Adam, Kristen Rhodin, Megan C. Turner, Brian Ezekian, Christopher R. Mantyh, and John Migaly. “Evolution of minimally invasive surgery for rectal cancer: update from the national cancer database.” Surg Endosc, February 28, 2020.

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Leraas, Harold J., Morgan L. Cox, Kristen E. Rhodin, Kyle Freischlag, Brian F. Gilmore, Doreen Chang, Ranjan Sudan, John Haney, and John Migaly. “Medical Student Involvement and Learning Objectives in Morbidity and Mortality Conferences: A National Survey of the Association for Surgical Education's Committee of Clerkship Directors.” J Surg Educ 77, no. 1 (January 2020): 138–43.

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Woroniecka, Karolina, Pakawat Chongsathidkiet, Kristen Rhodin, Hanna Kemeny, Cosette Dechant, S Harrison Farber, Aladine A. Elsamadicy, et al. “T-Cell Exhaustion Signatures Vary with Tumor Type and Are Severe in Glioblastoma.” Clin Cancer Res 24, no. 17 (September 1, 2018): 4175–86.

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Woroniecka, Karolina I., Kristen E. Rhodin, Pakawat Chongsathidkiet, Kristin A. Keith, and Peter E. Fecci. “T-cell Dysfunction in Glioblastoma: Applying a New Framework.” Clin Cancer Res 24, no. 16 (August 15, 2018): 3792–3802.

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